Oct. 30, 2011
AUBURN - The Auburn women's basketball team took a decisive 85-25 win over Georgia College and State University in its exhibition game Sunday afternoon at the Auburn Arena. Sophomore Camille Glymph led the Tigers with 15 points off the bench while senior Chantel Hilliard notched a double-double with 10 points and 15 rebounds.
"We still have a lot of work to do, but I was pleased with the performance of everyone," Auburn head coach Nell Fortner said. "I thought we got some good play and the bench came in, was ready to play, and put a lot of points on the board. We are still a long way away defensively, with offensive execution, but I felt really good about how everyone came in with great effort and great desire to do well."
Senior Blanche Alverson started things off for Auburn, draining a 3-pointer just 18 seconds into the game. The Tigers newly implemented defense held the Bobcats scoreless for the first 12:45 of the game, until Georgia College ended the drought on a free throw from Shanteona Keys with 7:15 remaining in the half.
Holding the Bobcats to just six points off of free throws in the first half, the Tigers went into the locker room at the half with a substantial 43-6 lead. Auburn scored 19 points off of Georgia College's 15 first-half turnovers.
The Tigers came out strong in the second half and once again kept the Bobcats scoreless for the opening three minutes, while adding seven points to their lead. Georgia College hit its first field goal of the game with 13:55 remaining on a layup from Terryuana Godwin.
The Tigers eventually led by as many as 62 points with 5:13 left in the game before holding on for the 85-25 win.
Auburn shot 40.0 percent from the field while holding the Bobcats to 13.7 percent. Auburn also forced 22 turnovers, turning them in to 27 points on the other end. Newcomer Najat Ouardad led the Tiger defensive effort with five steals while Hilliard blocked two shots.
All 15 of Glymph's points came from beyond the arc as the sophomore knocked down five 3-pointers in the game. Freshman Hasina Muhammad added 13 points, shooting 50 percent from the floor, as well as tallying two steals, a block and an assist in her first appearance as a Tiger.
Keys led the Bobcats with eight points, while Krysta Lewis was the leading rebounder with seven. Myeshia Simms added six points and three rebounds.
Auburn returns to action Friday, Nov. 11 as it travels to Macon, Ga., to take on the Mercer Bears in the Tigers' season-opener at 6 p.m. at the University Center. The Tigers will return to Auburn Arena for their home opener on Nov. 15 against Belmont.